Greeting. Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God the Father, and of the beloved Jesus Christ, which has through mercy obtained every. The present letter was written from Troas. The rapid transition, immediately after the opening salutation, to the subject of the Docetic heresy (cc. ) seems to. This is the 2nd post in a series showing that the early church was Catholic. In it, we look at Ignatius of Antioch's letter to the Smyrnaeans.


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The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

He was Bishop of Antioch, in modern-day southern Turkey, just over the border from Syria. Antioch, southern Turkey Image source: Once I started reading the early church writings, and seeing the Catholicism in them, it hit me like a ton of bricks that early church writings are almost never mentioned in Protestantism.

In Protestantism, a generous portion of Biblical interpretation by authors letter to the smyrnaeans wrote from the time of the Reformation in the s letter to the smyrnaeans today, and who agree with Protestantism, is served from the pulpit.

When I started reading these early writings, and seeing the Catholicism in them, it occurred to me that I had never heard these writings mentioned among the plethora of extra-biblical sources cited from Protestant pulpits, sources that include Luther, Calvin, Wesley, Spurgeon, Bunyan, Billy Graham, Ravi Zacharias, Martin Lloyd Jones, C.

Lewis, on and on, Godly men all, but all of whom lived relatively late, from AD letter to the smyrnaeans. At once it hit me why Protestant pulpits do not mention the writings of the early church— the writings of the early church are Catholic.

Deep In History Diving deep into Christian history over the past year, I have converted back to the Catholic Church, the church I was baptized into as a babyand raised in.

The Early Church Was Catholic: Ignatius Of Antioch, Letter To The Smyrnaeans – Always Proven True

May I not even remember them, until they have repented and turned to the Passion, which is our resurrection. For the Christian attitude to Old Testament prophecy see Magn.

Their view of Christ's death and resurrection leads them to think of Christ's letter to the smyrnaeans as idle visionaries. According to their teaching the body which they bore about with them was already practically a corpse, since they had undermined the belief in the resurrection.

Let no man be deceived. Even the heavenly powers and the glory of the angels and the principalities both visible and invisible,[1] except they believe in the blood of Christ [Who is God],[2] have a judgment awaiting them.

For faith and love are everything, and there is nothing better than these.

St. Ignatius of Antioch to the Smyrnaeans (Hoole translation)

Mark those who hold strange doctrine with regard to the grace[4] of Jesus Christ, which came unto us, how opposed they are to the mind of God. They have no thought for love, nor for the letter to the smyrnaeans the orphan, the afflicted, the prisoner,[6] the hungry nor the thirsty.


They withhold themselves from Eucharist[7] and prayer, because they confess not[8] that the Eucharist is the [1] Cf. Against their genuineness is the fact that Ignatius never speaks of Christ as 'God' in this absolute way.

Ignatius Epistle to the Smyrnaeans

From early times the Church organized with the greatest care her benevolent work. Cornelius claimed that in the Church of Rome there were 'fifteen hundred widows and persons in distress, all of whom the grace and kindness of the Letter to the smyrnaeans nourish' Euseb.

The Greek text and the Latin version add after 'prisoner' the words 'or him that has been released. By 'abstaining from Eucharist' Ignatius means that they abstained from the authorized, public Eucharist of the Church.

None of the Gnostic sects appear to have altogether ceased from holding Eucharistic feasts in their own assemblies. But according to Ignatius such Eucharists would not be regular or 'valid.


The prayer refers to the public prayer of the Church, especially that connected with the Eucharist. So then they who speak against the gift of God [1] die by their disputing.

It were better for them to exhibit love, that they may also rise again. Therefore it is fitting to withhold yourselves from such, and to say nothing either in private or in public about them, but rather to give heed unto the prophets,[2] and especially to the Gospel, wherein the passion is manifested to us and the resurrection is accomplished.

Avoid divisions,[3] as the beginning of evil. Howbeit I watch over you betimes to protect you from wild beasts in human form -- men whom not only should ye not receive, but, if letter to the smyrnaeans were possible, not so much as meet [them]; only pray ye for them, if haply they may repent.

This indeed is difficult, but Jesus Christ, our true life, hath power over it. And why then have I delivered myself over to death, unto fire, unto sword, unto wild beasts?

But near to the sword, near to God; in company with wild beasts, in company with God. Only let it be in the name letter to the smyrnaeans Jesus Christ, so that we may suffer together with Him.